Volcanoes

Stromboli (Volcano Week 5)

Stromboli is a volcanic island off the coast of Sicily, notable for being almost constantly active for at least 20,000 years. While lava flows are occasionally seen, Stromboli is best known for its characteristic volcanic bombs which rain down across…

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Monday, 2nd August 2010

The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

The volcano erupting under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in southern Iceland has immersed Europe in a travel nightmare lately, and according to recent media reports, this eruption could be just the beginning… The Eyjafjallajökull volcano usually sits hidden under this large…

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Tuesday, 20th April 2010

Top 3 Scariest Airports in the Caribbean

What do you get when you mix fast heavy planes with small island airports? A hair-raising final approach! Let’s take a look at three scariest airports to fly into in the Caribbean. Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten (SXM) Passengers…

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Thursday, 25th February 2010

Mount Everest no longer world’s highest mountain

Which is closer to the surface of the moon, the summit of Mount Everest or Ecuador? Contrary to popular belief, the answer is Ecuador, as the Earth isn’t a perfect sphere. As the Earth is constantly spinning, centrifugal force causes…

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Monday, 8th February 2010

The Devil’s Valley

Using the heat from the Earth’s interior to generate electricity is known as the creation of geothermal power, and in the examples featuring 2000-metre boreholes, it’s correctly believed to be a fairly recent development. In some places however, the energy…

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Monday, 16th November 2009

Islands of the Pacific Ring of Fire (Island Week 4)

It’s Island Week 4 here at GSS, which means we’ll mostly be posting about Islands. For about a week. On September 29, 2009, just south of the islands that make up the Independent State of Samoa in Polynesia, an earthquake…

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Friday, 2nd October 2009
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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